Chief Sha e’ lum is the cornerstone to the Lake Cowichan First Nation people and has proudly represented LCFN as the hereditary chief for the past 36 years.
Chief Sha e’ lum has tirelessly worked to put Lake Cowichan First Nation on the map and bring his people home.
This has encompassed many years of meeting with various levels of government and other proprietors to ensure that our rights are protected and that we are recognized as the original inhabitants of the Lake Cowichan watershed.
One of the proudest moments during this time has been having the ability to bring his family home and providing a roof over their heads. As hereditary chief, Sha e’ lum is the official spokesperson and representative for LCFN and this takes up most of his time with LCFN.
Over the years Chief Sha e’ lum has represented LCFN on various organizations including:
• From 1990 – 1999 served in various capacities within the First Nation South Island Tribal Council including: Chairperson, Border Crossing, and assistance with the bookkeeping.
• Participation on the First Nation Island Wildlife Committee
Currently Sha e’ lum represents LCFN interests on the following Boards of Director’s, Committee’s, and organizations:
• Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group
o Board of Directors
o Finance Committee
o Parks Committee
• Inter Tribal Health Authority
• KwumutLelum Child and Family Services
• Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation
• First Nation’s Summit
On top of this Chief Sha e’ lum always makes time for his family and community as they are the most important people and what he does all this work for.
Georgina has been employed with LCFN for the past 15 years and has also served on Chief and Council for a number of years.
Her passions are treaty and housing, both of which she has played instrumental parts in progress made over the past few years. Georgina’s main tasks currently include:
• To provide communications to the LCFN community with an internal program designed to involve the community as a full participant in the treaty process.
• To act as liaison between consultants, HTG, and the LCFN membership.
• Provide support to the Chief and Council on the various interests advanced and positions taken at the negotiations table.
• To become knowledgeable of community needs and history so as to be able to speak generally on treaty related issues and on LCFN interests.
• Process and review rental agreements with LCFN membership.
• Ensure Housing policy is being adhered to by community members and that the Housing Committee is following such policy as well.
• Assist in the long term planning for minor/major capital projects andprovide advice in the implementation of the First Nation Community plan.
In regards to Housing, Georgina has assisted recently in obtaining three new housing units to assist in moving some of the LCFN membership back home. This has been one of her highlights during her time working with LCFN.
My name is Aaron Hamilton and I have been the Operations Manager with Lake Cowichan Fist Nation since May 2012. I am from the Hupacasath First Nation and am married to Melanie Livingstone, who is a Lake Cowichan First Nation member.
We have three children: Kristen, Destiny, and Jayden and have resided in Lake Cowichan since 2009. I bring over 15 years’ experience working with First Nation’s communities, of which 10 years have been in an upper management role.
I also hold a BBA with a specialization in Management from Vancouver Island University. Below is a summation of what my responsibilities are within the Lake Cowichan First Nation:
• General Administration
• Fiscal Policy
• Personnel / Staff Policy
• Chief and Council Support
• Economic Development
• Education Support
• Social Development
My number one priority is to establish a foundation for which our youth can build upon to generate economic self-sufficiency.
My name is Carole Livingstone and I am a proud member of Lake Cowichan First Nation, my parents are Hereditary Chief Cyril Livingstone and Georgina(Ross)Livingstone.
I was born in Duncan, BC. Lived here in the Lake for a short period of time of growing up, and moved to Port Alberni. We then moved back into Lake Cowichan in 1990. So I’ve been in LakeCowichan for 22 years. I have two great kids, Tia Livingstone & Vincent McDougall.
My Job description for Lake Cowichan First Nation: Councillor, I manage phone-calls, Mail:Envelopes, Scan/Direct emails/Faxes, Office Cleaning, When not in the Office: Errand Running, Post office, sometimes take care of the meals for our meetings. I also do Treaty Referrals: Log in Treaty Referrals onto the computer & File the referrals and numerous files.
I’m looking forward in the near future to learn more things to do with Treaty/Land Referrals.
• To assist in the coordination of all treaty related community, Chief and Council, and general meetings including facilities, notifying attendees of meeting time, dates and locations, preparing and distributing agendas and other required information to participants and other duties in connection with the meetings,
• To respond to referrals (as directed) on behalf of Chief and Council as they come in highlighting traditional uses and activities associated with the lands affected by the referral.
• To provide communications to the LCFN community to involve the community as a full participant in the treaty process.
• To become knowledgeable of community needs and history so as to be able to speak generally on treaty related issues and on LCFN specific referrals and interests.
My name is Melanie Livingstone and I am a member of the Lake Cowichan First Nation.
I currently am the bookkeeper/Community Programs Support Worker, as well as a Councillor for the Lake Cowichan First Nation. My position requires me to prepare all financial transactions of the LCFN-payroll, budget preparation, A/P, A/R, prepare financial statements, etc. I also plan and coordinate community activities and programs that involve all community members (youth, elders, etc.)
Prior to working at Lake Cowichan First Nation, I was a student at North Island College and transferred to Vancouver Island University. During my enrollment in school, I have received the Adult dogwood, office assistant I, computerized accounting assistant, and an Events management certificate, all with honors. My future plan is to return to school and receive a degree in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting
I am married to Aaron Hamilton of Hupacasath First Nation and we have three beautiful children-Kristen, Destiny, and Jayden. Our family loves to play sports, the outdoors, bike rides, play board games,camp, and bake together. We also love to travel to learn about and experience other cultures.
My name is Sherry Livingstone and I am member of the LAKE COWICHAN FIRST NATION. My parents are Hereditary Chief Sha e’ Lum Cyril Livingstone and Georgina (Ross) Livingstone.
I have two wonderful children; Carlito Livingstone and Madison Pilfold; who are also members.
I have been living in Lake Cowichan since 2004; and started working for LCFN around the same time. I moved into my house on LCFN reserve with my children and common-law husband Ernest Pilfold in 2008. It’s a beautiful home on North Shore Road with a view of lake.
In 1996 I did a Medical Office Assistant and First Aid course which opened some doors for me. I was asked by my Aunt, Annie Watts, to fill in for her at Ha-shilth-sa Newspaper at Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council located in Port Alberni. I typed, scanned photos, and updated the mailing list at Ha-shilth-sa.
After the newspaper, came the offers to fill-in in other places at the same office. I filled in a few days as reception for “USMA” now Community and Human Services, and then filling in at Nuu-chah-nulth main office, which led to full time as secretary.
I gained a lot of knowledge at NTC. In 1999 I went to Victoria for Indian Registry Administrator training. I was back-up IRA for Rosie Little and I was able to issue status cards in her absence. I had to travel to a few of the Nuu-chah-nulth communities for Rosie; one was Kyuquot near Gold River and also to Ahousaht, which is near Tofino. I helped answer the 6 line phone system, filing, faxing, photocopying and signed cheques.
I assisted with planning meetings, booked hotel, flights and caterers. I also maintained sick/holiday leave records for all employees. I printed and updated leave records for 100+ employees every month. After nearly five years at NTC I went to work for Tashwin Resource Management for a few months, and then I came home in 2004 and have been here since.
I am currently working as the Community Health Rep/Admin Assistant/IRA at Lake Cowichan First Nation. For the past year I also test the water. I take a sample every week from one house on Deer Road and one sample from North Shore road. I send all data to Health Canada and upload them to Water Trax online. I maintain the band list, file, fax, answer the phone, and assist wherever I can.
I look forward to continue working with Lake Cowichan First Nation.
Huy ch q’a.